The Logan County Sheriff's Office investigated an alleged methamphetamine lab Monday evening and made two arrests.
A news release says deputies responded to a residence on Stevenson Mill Road to attempt to serve six felony bench warrants from Logan and Todd counties. Deputies say they found methamphetamine, marijuana, three active meth labs and several items of drug paraphernalia in the home.
Both residents, who are identified only as a 38-year old white male and a 30-year old white female, were arrested on drug related charges and served with the warrants. They were lodged in the Logan County Jail.
The incident remains under investigation by the Logan County Sheriff's Office and South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force.
There will be a contested race for Judge-Executive in Todd County next year.
Former Judge-Executive Kent Knight of Elkton filed to run as a Democrat Wednesday and is currently unopposed in the primary. Incumbent Republican Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield has already committed to run again and at least one more Democrat has told supporters he will be on the ballot.
Knight was elected Judge-Executive as a Republican in 2002 and lost in the 2006 Deomcratic Primary to Arthur Green after switching parties. He has unsuccessfully run for State Representative and Judge-Executive since his 2006 loss.
Twenty-year old Garrett Dye appeared in Todd Circuit Court for a hearing Wednesday morning with an attorney hired by his parents.
Dye is accused in the February 4, 2011 beating death of his adopted sister, nine-year old Amy Dye near their Dogwood Road home near Trenton. He had a previous conviction overturned when the State Supreme Court ruled his confession to police had been coerced.
Dye's new attorney is Stephanie Ritchie of Clarksville, who was hired by his parents. Circuit Judge Tyler Gill said there could potentially be a conflict in Dye's parents paying for his representation and asked for reassurance from Ms. Ritchie that everyone involved is aware and is proceeding on their own free will.
Judge Gill also asked Dye directly if he was okay with the arrangement and he said he was.
The Garrett Dye case became statewide news in the fall of 2011 after a judge released Kentucky Health and Family Services records on the family, showing a pattern of alleged abuse against Amy Dye by her adopted siblings and parents in the months and years before her death. South Todd Elementary School teachers and administrators testified before the Kentucky General Assembly that they reported alleged abuse against the girl multiple times before she was murdered.
Judge Gill scheduled a January 7 hearing on motions by Commonwelath's Attorney Gail Guiling regarding what evidence will or will not be admissible and Ms. Ritchie said she will ask for a change of venue for the trial.
Elkton Police recently arrested a Russellville man on methamphetamine charges.
A news release from Public Information Officer Rocky Barr says 24-year old Daniel Stokes was pulled over on Streets Avenue for not using a turn signal. Officers noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle and Stokes allegedly surrendered a small amount of the illegal weed to police.
Police say they found a large sum of cash on Stokes' person, and a search of the vehicle turned up a large amount of methamphetamine and digital scales. A small safe was also located, which contained a stolen handgun Stokes said he purchased off the streets in Logan County.
Stokes was arrested and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a concealed weapon, unlawful distribution of a methamphetamine precursor and failure to use a turn signal.
He was booked into the Todd County Jail Sunday evening on a $50,000 bond.
Todd Fiscal Court met in special session this morning and tabled a discussion on what to do with the future of residential trash pick-up and postponed signing a contract with an architect for the Todd Career Path Institute.
Todd Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield said there were still some minor language issues to be worked out in drawing up an architect contract for the tech center project, but that should come at the next meeting.
A majority of the discussion centered around residential trash pickup in the county. Madisonville Disposal is the current franchise holder and charges $12 monthly, but their new bid would raise their rate to $25. Rates for commercial customers would increase from $4 to $6.50 per cubic yard.
Madisonville Disposal's bid was the only one received and the only other option would be having an open system where companies could compete in an open market for customers, but would not be required to service customers in isolated areas.
District 1 Magistrate Alfred Blake said he's already heard complaints about Madisonville Disposal's service and he wasn't ready to give them a new agreement with higher rates.
District 2 Squire Rex Johnson said many of his constituents use the service, but he also couldn't justify a higher rate.
Ultimately, Magistrate Brent Spurlin motioned to table the issue until the county could gather information on potential interest from other companies if they went to an open system. Judge Greenfield says 513 customers currently do business with Madisonville Disposal in Todd County and many others use the convenience centers to dump their own trash at a cost of $36 annually.
In other action, Fiscal Court accepted a bid of about $90,000 to purchase a new tandem axle truck from Truck Center in Calvert City.